Provinces of South Africa
South Africais currently divided into nine provinces. On the eve of the 1994 general election, South Africa's former homelands, also known as Bantustans, were reintegrated and the four existing provinces were divided into nine. In December 2005 the 12th amendment of the constitution changed the borders of seven of the provinces*. The provinces are as follows: *On 18 August 2006the Constitutional Court ruled that the part of the 12 amendment dealing with the transfer of Matatiele from KwaZulu-Natalto the Eastern Capewas unconstitutional due to insufficient consultation. [http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/Politics/0,,2-7-12_1985286,00.html]
Prince Edward Islandsare a South African territory in the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean, for legal purposes considered to be part of the Western Cape.
²: Pietermaritzburg and
Ulundishared being capital of KwaZulu-Natal during 1994–2004.
Since the establishing of the
Union of South Africain 1910, South Africa had four provinces consisting of the divisions which existed prior to the Second Boer War: two British colonies (the Cape Colonyand Natal Colony) and two Boerrepublics (the Orange Free Stateand Transvaal Republic). Segregation of the black population started as early as 1913, with ownership of land by the black majority being restricted to certain areas totaling about 13% of the country. From the late 1950s, these areas were gradually consolidated into " homelands" or " bantustans," which served as the " de jure" national states of the black population during the apartheidera. In 1976, the homeland of Transkeiwas the first to accept independencefrom South Africa, and although this independence was never acknowledged by any other country, three other homelands followed suit.
Provinces from 1910 to 1994
Cape Province( Cape Town)
Orange Free State( Bloemfontein)
These Independent Homelands were known as the TBVC States.
Transkei( Mthatha). Declared independent in 1976.
Bophuthatswana( Mmabatho). Declared independent in 1977.
Venda( Thohoyandou). Declared independent in 1979
Ciskei( Bhisho). Declared independent in 1981.
Elections in South Africa
Prince Edward Islands
Ranked list of South African provinces
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